April 2 ‘Dancert’ to benefit local musician with cancer

Date Published: 
March 24, 2017

Lovestock: a Cancer Benefit “Dancert” for John “Taco” Wroten, drummer of the local classic-rock band Hooverville, will be held Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 2 in Dover.

Wroten, 62, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 tongue cancer and is currently receiving treatment, which is limiting his ability to perform with the band and at his full-time job.

Friends and fellow musicians are pulling out all the stops for Wroten — who has played professionally in country and rock acts since 1980, with more than a decade playing in nationally touring groups such as Rain (Dover, Del.) and in the country music scene in Oklahoma, including briefs stops in Nashville and Los Angeles, for opening stints for Marty Haggard, Steve Wariner, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Earl Thomas Conley and others.

Wroten has most recently kept the beat for Hooverville, playing classic rock across Delmarva since 2014 in venues ranging from Brew River in Salisbury, Md., to the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick, the Bayview Inn in Bowers Beach and Cowboy Up in Dover.

The April 2 event will feature Elvis tribute artist Bob Lougheed & Mystery Train; country music’s Mason Dixon Band; classic rock sounds of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s from Skinny Leg Pete; country band Sweetwater Run — for whom Wroten was the original drummer; pop-rock group Lionel & the Locos; local music personality Randy Jamz; and folk artists Mallory & Maria.

Wroten’s special guests will include his friends Michael Spriggs (Nashville session guitarist, composer and member of The Grand Ole Opry Band) and Jon Coleman (keyboardist for Trace Adkins, John Hiatt and John Oates); and Encounter Praize. Many other special guests will be attendance.

Admission costs $10 at the door, with children younger than 12 admitted free of charge. There will be a cash bar, and food will be available for purchase. The event will also include a silent auction of items contributed by Wroten’s musician friends and more from throughout the local community, as well as 50/50 drawings.

Sponsors for the event include the fine folks at June Jam and American Legion Post 2 (Dover), and Coastal Point newspaper is an advertising sponsor for the event.

For more information about the event, to contribute silent auction items or to participate as a sponsor, call (302) 674-3922.